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Abstract

The Bering Sea shelf south of the Bering Strait encompasses an area of 1,300,000 km2, more than the combined area of California, Oregon, and Washington (840,000 km2, Fig. 1). The shelf area lies between western Alaska and eastern Siberia. The outer shelf is underlain by three large basins, Bristol, St. George, and Navarin, filled with sedimentary rocks, as well as by three bedrock ridges that extend from the Alaska Peninsula to near Siberia (Figs. 1 and 2). The innermost part of the shelf, Norton Sound, is underlain by the large, sediment-filled Norton basin (Fig. 1; Fisher and others, 1982). A similar inner basin, Anadyr basin, underlies the Gulf of Anadyr along the western side of thee Bering shelf (Fig. 1).

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